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Tony Owed

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Tony Owed

Inducted 2020

Tony Owed

Anthony R. Owed was a judo teacher and coach whose students competed nationally and internationally. He continued to teach and coach judo at the University of Toledo through 2003. Mr. Owed was seventh-degree black belt. His emphasis during the last 40 years of his career was coaching, teaching, and promoting the sport, but he had competed widely and was a U.S. alternate for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Through the years, Mr. Owed’s students won state, U.S., and international championships.

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Tony Owed with Mark Pasquinelly (left) and Al Panackia
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Tony Owed with Al Panackia (left) and Mark Pasquinelly

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Mr. Owed took up judo at 16 while attending the former DeVilbiss High School, from which he graduated. During U.S. Air Force service in Japan, he studied at the esteemed Kodokan Judo Institute. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Toledo.

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Bill Ryan(Rokudan) from Claksville TN and Tony Owed with Michael Mooney (Tori) and Jennifer (Weill) Chase from Cincinnati
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As a coach he has produced several national and international champions. Below is a partial listing of some of the competitors he trained.


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Tony Owed with Chantal Klein Gunnewiek from Enschede Netherlands (left) and Heiko Rommelmann (right)
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Tony Owed students who became national and international competitors


  • Frances Glaze – National Champion National bronze medalist in shiai and gold medalist at National, Pan American


  • Frances Glaze and Mark Pasquinelly 1999 1st World Masters Bronze
  • Jana Seaborn and Frances Glaze kata gold Cleveland 2000
  • Anna Glaze and Diana Justice kata 2001 Nationals Disney World 4th place
  • Karen Whilden and Frances Glaze 2001 Nationals Disney World and Pan Ams in Cordoba, Argentina 2001 3 gold medals at each
  • Frances Glaze and Bonita Hudak Nationals 1972 bronze and silver and 1973-1975 gold
  • Ryan O’Connor and Frances Glaze 2004-2007 Nationals Gold; 2007 represented Pan American Union at 1st Kodokan World Championships
  • Ron Justice and Ryan O’Connor Bronze 2004 Nationals in kata in San Diego
  • Al Panackia and Mark Pasquinelly, three-time medalists at the 2005 National Kata Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., silver medal 2005 Pan American Kata Championships in Caguas, Puerto Rico, gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2005 World Masters Championships in Mississauga, Canada.
  • Jeff Giunta and Heiko Rommelmann gold medalists at National and Pan American won the men’s overall award 17 times at the Senior Nationals. Internationally, they represented the U.S. at 7 Pan-Am Championships (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2018, and 2019), 8 times on the USA World Kata Championships, multiple World Master’s Championships, and the Canadian Judo Master’s Championships. Highlights from this impressive record including winning the gold medal in the 2005 World Master’s Championships; in 2007 they represented the Pan American Judo Union at the 1st International Kodokan Kata Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Reminiscences from John Engler on behalf of the Owed Family

Sensei Owed, known publicly as Tony and Rich to his family and close friends, devoted his entire adult life to the promotion of Judo and Judo students. His accomplishments as a coach and teacher are quite apparent when viewing his students’ Kata championships ranging from 1972 through 2019 and hopefully beyond. His Shiai competitors won numerous championships from the 1960’s to the present: his first students, Jesse Mosqueda and James Bollin, and many more, continue to contribute to the judo community through six decades.

He graduated from the former DeVilbiss High School in 1955 where he was active in sports and competed in Greco Roman Wrestling. He began learning Judo at the old Central YMCA in downtown Toledo; during his four years in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960, he was stationed in Japan where he would take a two hour train ride to attend the Kodokon Judo Institute and then a two hour return ride.

His instructors included Sensei Sumiyuki Kotani, Kudan (9th Dan and eventually Judan, 10th Dan) Chief Instructor of the Kodokon International Division, Sensei Tadao Otaki, Hachidan (8th Dan) Instructor of the Kodokon International Division, and Sensei Donn Draeger, Instructor of the Kodokon International Division and esteemed author who also befriended and mentored Sensei Owed. Occasional guest instructors included Sensei Toshiro Daiga and Sensei Isao Inokuma, both All Japan Champions. He returned to the States having been promoted to Shodan in 1959 and Nidan in 1960. He would eventually be promoted to 7th Dan.

Toledo-USJF-Konan patch
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He began to teach at the Toledo Central YMCA and would eventually travel around town at his own expense to every branch of the YMCAs, the Boy’s Club of Toledo, Riverside Hospital, and anywhere someone would request a demonstration. With a core group of loyal students always ready to Randori at a moment’s notice, the old canvas horse hair mats and vinyl covers at each location would have to be un-stacked and patched together into something resembling a lumpy mat and he would begin his classes like all Judo has traditionally been taught; stretching and warm-up, ukemi, and uchikomis. His students, weak and strong alike, were patiently shown the beginning techniques, and if motivated, could go on to become successful Regional, National and International competitors. They were also instilled to respect others, practice self discipline, the understanding of right and wrong, and of course to never give up.

Though his competitive career in Judo was over in the 1970’s, it nevertheless stands up to history as a strong one. He actively participated in State, Regional, and National events and won numerous championships. He won First Place in the 11th Annual Midwestern A.A.U. Judo Championship. In the 13th Midwestern Championship, he defeated the enormous Canadian lumberjack Nick Bleyandahl with Tai-otoshi for two Waza Aris as depicted in the iconic Black Belt Magazine photo and received the “Best Player” Award. Sensei Owed would represent Konan Yudanshakai in nine Senior United States National A.A.U. Judo Championships and two Olympic trials, 1964 and 1972. He placed 4th in the 1964 Trials held at the New York World’s Fair, the first time Judo would be an Olympic sport. Tony remained lifelong friends with fellow competitors including Koji Oshima, Jim Jarvis, Dean Tower, Charlie Hooks, Frank Herzog, Les Fazekas, and countless others.

Sensei Owed was very thankful for the mentoring from Sensei John Osako; the Toledo Judo people enjoyed a long association with Osako Sensei’s Detroit Judo Club and for a few years Tony operated the Toledo Judo Club as a non-profit organization while still teaching at area YMCA branches. When Sensei Ryozo Nakamura visited Toledo, he was a welcomed guest in the Owed home. He was very fond of Sensei Keiko Fukuda; she spent considerable time with him which of course he translated into success for his kata competitors.

Victorious US team show tropies after 13th Annual Midwstern AAU Judo Championships. They are (from left, front) Koji Oshima, captain, Tony Owed, Joe Scarzone, Jim Linnane, and Ron Hoffman; standing (from left) are Jim Golgan, Bob Crowl, Gene Fields, Bob Carney, Lavern Raab, and Coach John Osako.
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To pursue a rounded knowledge of physical education and athletics in general, in 1970 Sensei Owed enrolled at the University of Toledo earning a Bachelor of Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. At the University beginning in 1975 and into his retirement, he taught Judo, self defense classes, and coached the University of Toledo Judo Club. Growing up with two brothers and a sister he had a warm home life and although he never married, he did love the family gatherings with many nieces and nephews. He was most at home on the mat and the Judo world was his extended family. – A very big family.